- Associated Press - Saturday, January 2, 2016

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - An eastern Iowa veteran affairs commission is launching an effort to reach out to former service members on college campuses.

The Black Hawk County Veteran Affairs Commission will begin its push next month, according to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier (https://bit.ly/1PDu3J0 ).

Kevin Dill, the commission’s new executive director, is setting up “lunch and learns” at the University of Northern Iowa, Hawkeye Community College, Upper Iowa University and Kaplan University’s local campuses.

Dill, a Gulf War veteran, said the commission wants to reach post-9/11 veterans to ensure they know about the benefits they are eligible for. “My goal is to reach every veteran in this county from all periods of war to ensure every veteran is aware of available benefits to them,” Dill said.

The county VA office is also planning to launch an extensive outreach program to nursing homes to reach veterans or their surviving spouses who may reside there.

“We’ll be reaching out to all the nursing homes in Black Hawk County on a weekly basis,” said Dill, adding the directors he’s talked to so far are excited about the plan.

Dill said every veteran entering a nursing home will be contacted to ensure they are using any benefits they may be entitled to receive to help defray the costs.

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Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, https://www.wcfcourier.com


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